#BlackLivesMatter: Praying for Baltimore

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#PrayForBaltimore

#PrayForBaltimore

Today, I ask that we all pray for Baltimore. It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. What started as a peaceful protest turned into violence and rioting yesterday, April 27th, 2015 (Baltimore, Maryland).

ABC News: President Obama Addresses Baltimore Riots

ABC News: President Obama Addresses Baltimore Riots

Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun

Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun

I live in the Washington, DC Metro Area so I am blessed to have been safe from the tear gas and looting that filled the streets only a 30 minutes drive from my home. But no matter where I plant my feet on Earth, I am going to pray for Baltimore. But, not just Baltimore. I pray for other cities around the world because the racism that I have experienced in my lifetime is something that all Black people face.I don’t believe that racism is something that will go away any time soon. But, I do know that violence is never the answer. Black elders have asked and marched peacefully in the past. Some Black elders have also turned to violence too. At times it is out of sheer frustration and a need to be recognized as human beings. No matter the color of our skin, we all are flesh and blood. We are all brothers and sisters sharing this planet that we all call home.

I don’t believe that racism is something that will go away any time soon. But, I do know that violence is never the answer. Black elders have asked and marched peacefully in the past. Some Black elders have also turned to violence too. At times it is out of sheer frustration and a need to be recognized as human beings. No matter the color of our skin, we all are flesh and blood. We are all brothers and sisters sharing this planet that we all call home.

I know that it is tiring to continue to ask for something that is our right. Black people are people; plain and simple. As people, and especially as Americans (native, immigrant, or otherwise), we have unalienable rightsthat among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Photo Credit: NBC News

Photo Credit: NBC News

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, per online report from Fox News, announced a 10 p.m. curfew (EST), which went into effect last night. I truly applaud her efforts in trying to restore order in her city. According to the same Fox news report, “since that call was made, 500 National Guard members have deployed, and a spokesman told Fox News they are building to 2,000.

If you would like to help with the cleanup efforts please follow Mayor Rawlings-Blake on Twitter @MayorSRB or visit the Facebook Baltimore Clean-Up Effort Event page.

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